Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in U.S. in diesel emissions scandal


In March, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three felony counts under a plea agreement to resolve US charges it installed secret software in vehicles to evade emissions tests. Schmidt, a former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit, pleaded guilty Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, to conspiracy and fraud charges in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles.

Volkswagen AG (VLKAY) executive Oliver Schmidt on Friday pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Detroit in a scandal related to the German automaker cheating diesel emissions, Reuters reports. He was arrested in January while on vacation in Miami.

VW admits using software to get around emission standards.

Under terms of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Mr. Schmidt faces up to seven years in prison and a fine ranging between $40,000 and $400,000.

Schmidt is accused of telling regulators technical problems were to blame for the difference in emissions in road and lab tests. It pleaded guilty in March to defrauding the USA government and agreed to pay $4.3 billion United States in penalties, on top of billions more to buy back cars. He will be sentenced on December 6.

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The software detected when cars were being tested and turned the emission controls off during normal driving.

Schmidt told Cox on Friday that VW management directed him in 2015 not to discuss the software.

Germany's government and vehicle bosses have agreed to overhaul engine software on 5.3 million diesel cars to cut pollution and try to fix the industry's battered reputation.